Twiggy is not thrilled that I made us matching hooded Halloween capes. I think she looks quite fetching, although she might think that description ill-fitted for a cat. She has, though, come to realize that ‘dressing-up’ and ‘fun’ are mutually exclusive.
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MAPLE SPICED PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE (adapted from From The Kitchen)
Ingredients for crust:
1 1/3 cup graham crackers, crumbled in food processor
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 cup melted butter
Ingredients for cheesecake:
3 1/3 cups pumpkin puree
4 1/4 cups cream cheese
2 cups caster sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup
2 tablespoons custard powder
4 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
Line the base and sides of a 23 cm removable base cake tin with baking paper. Blend the graham crackers and ground ginger in the food processor. Add the melted butter and blend all together until you have smooth crumbs. Pour this into the prepared baking cake tin and squish down with your hands. Smooth out the bottom with the back of a spoon. Then place in the fridge.
In a a blender or a mixer, mix the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, spices and salt until smooth. Add in the vanilla extract, maple syrup and custard powder and mix until smooth. Whisk the eggs and egg yolk in a small bowl and then add to cheesecake mixture and mix until smooth.
Remove the base from the fridge and pour in the cheesecake filling. Give it a tap on the bench to get rid of any air bubbles then bake at 300° F for 1.5 – 2 hours. It should still have a tiny bit of wobble in the middle. Allow to cool in the oven for at least two hours before removing. Cool further on the counter just until it is cool enough to go in the fridge. Remove from the fridge half an hour before serving. Serve with whipped cream!4 Comments
Twiggy is really getting into the Halloween spirit with these ghoulish costumes. As always, she played her roles perfectly. A coy and mischievous witch, a tough and sharp-edged pirate and a very sleepy mummy.
Is your pet dressing up for Halloween?2 Comments
Photographs from the Forest Gallery.
Photographs by Rhi Ellis, Madeline Druce, Belen Majdalani, Rebecca Sather and Johnny Hu (from top to bottom).0 Comments
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